21 Aug 2010

Car plant strike over

7:25 am on 21 August 2010

An eight-day strike by car workers in South Africa is over.

The Automobile Manufacturers Employers Organisation and the Numsa metal workers union signed a new wage agreement on Friday.

The deal is for a pay increase of 10% this year and 9% rises during the next two years.

Numsa was asking for a 15% increase, more than three times the rate of inflation.

The BBC reports the industry produces more than 400,000 vehicles per year, most of which is exported to neighbouring African states.